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Fiorenza Cossotto - The Artistry Of Fiorenza Cossotto (1963/2020)

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Fiorenza Cossotto - The Artistry Of Fiorenza Cossotto (1963/2020)

Fiorenza Cossotto - The Artistry Of Fiorenza Cossotto (1963/2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 243 MB | Tracks: 10 | 45:16 min
Style: Classical | Label: Everest Records

One of the great mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century, Fiorenza Cossotto made her operatic debut as Sister Matilde in the world premiere of Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in 1957 at La Scala in Milan, and went on to become the leading Italian mezzo-soprano of the 1960s and 1970's. The classic recordings presented here feature Gianandrea Gavazzeni conducting the Ricordi Symphony Orchestra and clearly display Cossotto's command of the Italian operatic repertoire. Vintage recording, newly remastered.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [ Part 2] - Tancredi (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [ Part 2] - Tancredi (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [ Part 2]: Gabriele Ferro, Cappella Coloniensis - Tancredi (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 73:33+48:31+43:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1978

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2010)

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Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera - Verdi: Il Trovatore  (2010)

Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2010)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 151 min | 7,53 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese | Recorded: 1978

Il Trovatore was always one of Herbert von Karajan‘s favourite operas. He conducted it at the very beginning of his career and his first studio recording in 1956 was made in Milan with Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano, but „his“ Trovatore really made its mark in the legendary performances given at the Salzburg Festival in 1962, which formed the basis for this successful revival in Vienna. He once declared in an interview that what he loved about this opera was its archetypal human passions, its compression of highly dramatic situations into the smallest conceivable space and Verdi‘s genius for translating such situations into music. This 1978 performance is steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry, and, after throwing his sword at the conductor, left the stage in fury, to be later replaced by Plácido Domingo. What this performance makes so special: Karajan not only conducted the opera, but he was also responsible for the stage direction.

Riccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (1997)

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Riccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (1997)

Riccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 568 Mb | Total time: 49:28+78:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 66510 2 | Recorded: 1975

Betrayal and forgiveness are the themes of this complex opera: Amelia's betrayal of her husband, Renato (she is having an affair with Riccardo. governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony), and the betrayal and assassination of Riccardo by a group of conspirators. The libretto is better integrated than most of Verdi's operas written before Otello and Falstaff. It was originally about an historic incident, the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, but Roman censors, nervous about royal assassinations, forced the absurd relocation of the opera to colonial Boston. The music is prime middle-period Verdi, less spectacular than Il Trovatore, Rigoletto or La Forza del Destino, but it is warmly, richly expressive. It requires and rewards exceptionally good voices, and it gets them in this production. Outstanding work by Muti helps make this one of the best Verdi recordings ever made.
–Joe McLellan

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fiorenza Cossotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: La Favorita (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 784 Mb | Total time: 167:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 430 038-2 | Recorded: 1974

For me, this recording represents the absolute epitome of bel canto singing, with Pavarotti spinning endless golden tone as Fernand and Fiorenza Cossotto showcasing that indomitable chest-voice as Leonora.
–Katherine Cooper

Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)

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Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)

Georg Solti, Georges Pretre, Zubin Mehta - Viva Verdi: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.58 Gb | Total time: 53:37+59:35+71:36+53:08+70:47+65:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 799622 | Recorded: 1963, 1967, 1970

Verdi, child of the people, king of popular opera, began life as the son of an innkeeper. He was brought up in modest circumstances. He first received lessons from the village priest, who was amazed by the young musician’s talents. Verdi’s musical education was rounded and complete: at the age of sixteen, the composer wrote fugues, masses and symphonies, which he would later destroy. As he met with reticence in Milan, he settled in Busseto where he fell victim to the pettiness of the town. However, his strong willpower enabled him to pursue his musical path without paying heed to what people said.

Rafael Kubelik, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, D.Fischer-Dieskau, R.Scotto, C.Bergonzi - Verdi: Rigoletto (1993)

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Rafael Kubelik, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, D.Fischer-Dieskau, R.Scotto, C.Bergonzi - Verdi: Rigoletto (1993)

Rafael Kubelik, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi - Verdi: Rigoletto (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 578 Mb | Total time: 58:16+64:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 437 704-2 | Recorded: 1964

Renata Scotto shows an amazing flexibility and control. Her Caro nome is one to be heard many times. She reaches a high D and decrescendo's to an incredible ppp. I felt the aria drug a little in tempo, but the gorgeous sound more than made up for it. As Rigoletto, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has the vocal power demanded by the score. Too often he sounded as if he was delivering a recital of Leider. A smooth velvet sound was his mark throughout. In his duets with Gilda, this payed off handsomely. Even in his dealings with the courtiers after Gilda's abduction he showed us a rarely seen Dietrich blustery side.

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

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Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.

James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)

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James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)

James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 838 Mb | Total time: 65:30+69:52+36:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 39502 2 | Recorded: 1976

Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" is a story of forbidden love, seduction, jealousy, honor and revenge. The opera was composed in 1862 and had its premiere in St. Petersburg. In this recording from 1976 with star cast (Leontyne Price in the role of Donna Leonora, Plácido Domingo as Don Alvaro and Sherrill Milnes as Don Carlo) under the direction of James Levine the beauty and attention to detail Verdi comes out particularly well. The London Symphony Orchestra and the John Alldis Choir provide the perfect musical accompaniment for the ensemble, which includes Fiorenza Cossotto, Bonaldo Giaiotti and Gabriel Bacquier. This recording is considered one of the best of Verdi's La Forza del Destino.